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January 1, 2014

Ending the knockout game

NORMAN — Oklahoma lawmakers are joining with colleagues from several states in introducing bills that would impose harsher punishments on perpetrators of the “knockout game.”

We haven’t heard of any instances here, but in other states, it involves an assailant randomly assaulting a person while the attack is videotaped and then posted to social media.

USA Today reports that Oklahoma, Illinois, Wisconsin, New Jersey and New York lawmakers have taken up the initiative.

In Oklahoma, state Rep. Bobby Cleveland wants juveniles accused of the crime to be tried as adults. Other states are setting minimum sentences, no matter if the perpetrator is an adult or a juvenile.

We like Wisconsin lawmakers’ idea of prosecuting those who videotape the assault. Without an accomplice, the assault is no longer a game.

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